This isn’t a film review. It’s more of an observation of what happened when I watched The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug. I have to warn you there are excerpts from comments I heard at the backseat. It’s not a crazy event as Catching Fire which left me no seat to my discomfort. This time, I had to eject from a previous place as parents brought their unruly kids inside. I found another one on the left side. There were still with kids at the back but at least they’re really watching.
I’s say my my, everything about the TDOS is beautiful. Peter Jackson covers the wide spectrum of the creepy and the beautiful. It takes time getting used to the ultra high definition screen. I am more into the ‘traditional’ look to LOTR where everything is ‘filmic’ and ‘dreamy.’ With TDOS, it’s like watching a computer game. But he makes it up for the crisp and deep colors.
The story begins with more dialogue before it jumps into action. ” Mom, who is Smaug.”? -Kids at the back. They later exclaimed during the spiders scene. And those are really big spiders! Really creepy which is my kind of creepy to be honest. Spiders are not supposed to make sounds but then again this is the imagination of Tolkien so who am I to argue?
I think I got a bit of butterflies in my stomach during the mountain scene when Gandalf meets with Radagast to investigate the tombs of the Nazgûl.”There used to be only two birds on his head!” The little girl exclaimed at the back referring to scene where Radagast removes his hat to let the birds in and cover them with it. And later on: “Isn’t he (Gandalf) supposed to be a granpa? Why is he running like that?” Kids.
The sound effects are absolutely fantabulous! I felt the force of the vibration on my feet during the dragon scene as it exploits a lot of LFE. I got scared, being in an earthquake prone part of the country, it’s hard to tell if it was actual earthquake or just LFE.
I love the exchanges between the Drarf Kili and Tauriel. I read memes circulating that there’s no need for the romantic angle as they just need a strong female character, period. The ‘romantic’ angle is pure Hollywood bullshit to titillate young hormones. What do you think? I think they(memes) are right. But then again this is done tastefully and beautifully so it’s still fine with me. Come on haters. Have a little romantic love in your life.
Aidan Turner is getting better and better in his character. I remember watching him in BBC’s Almost Human playing a vampire. A few years later here he is on the big screen with The Hobbit Trilogy. What about Orlando Bloom as Legolas? It’s a long way from his first appearance in FOTR. The Legolas now has more muscle mass. He also looks harsher. Where’s the fragile ‘innocent’ elf we came to love? Too much protein and workout? Obviously life happened, romance, break ups and what not. But it’s Orlando Bloom for crying out loud and he always gets my vote! Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly has made a striking impression as the elf Tauriel. She plays the elf in a sort of an understated way-more human than ethereal.
And speaking of Elves, they’re the reason behind my fascination with all of Tolkien’s stories. With their abilities, they remind me a bit of vampires without the blood sucking thing.
Everything about TDOS is beautiful. The movie really takes you away from reality into a world where tenderness, romantic love and the love for flowing gowns are revered.